Is there such thing as a “perfect wall” design?

Guess it all depends on the criteria being used to define what "perfect" really means, but if there is one person on this planet of ours that might have a clue what the perfect wall is, it is Joseph Lstiburek. At the wonderfully named Let's Fix Construction website, building scientist extraordinaire Lstiburek contributed an article with … Continue reading Is there such thing as a “perfect wall” design?

The cutting edge of roofing forensics and leak detection technology

Ronald Ray, writing for Construction Specifier, has a great article on different methods for detecting, diagnosing and pinpointing the location of leaks within various types of roofs. What makes Ray's article so great is some of the cool new technologies outlined representing the bleeding edge of building forensics: All roofs eventually leak—it is just a matter of when … Continue reading The cutting edge of roofing forensics and leak detection technology

Pro Tip: BIM doesn’t have to be scary. Check out the BIM guide for owners from NIBS

Building Information Modeling, or BIM, is a method of designing buildings using sophisticated 3D software that makes it much easier to visualize how various components and systems come together in a 3D space and how they will interact or interfere with one another. Perhaps most importantly, BIM facilitates identifying potential conflicts/defects prior to construction, and … Continue reading Pro Tip: BIM doesn’t have to be scary. Check out the BIM guide for owners from NIBS

Minnesota may require building owners to register cooling towers to combat Legionnaires’ outbreaks

Legionnaires' Disease is a pneumonia-like affliction that affects a minority of people exposed to the Legionella pneumophila bacteria. It was first identified when 221 people attending a reunion for members of the American Legion that took place around the nation's bicentennial in 1976 fell ill. Sadly, 34 of those people lost their lives and it … Continue reading Minnesota may require building owners to register cooling towers to combat Legionnaires’ outbreaks

What is liquefaction and why is it so dangerous to buildings and their inhabitants?

During an earthquake, as most people may recall from grade school, sometimes a strange phenomenon occurs in sandy soils known as liquefaction. And it is exactly what it sounds like — the ground that is made up of solid particles (sand) suddenly behaves like a liquid. Liquid is a poor support for a building's foundation, … Continue reading What is liquefaction and why is it so dangerous to buildings and their inhabitants?